New Loads

I started the next part of eliminating possible causes of the horrible shot placement with removing the muzzle break. This was a little bit of an adventure. The shop down the street from my home was unable to remove the break due to having broken the tool they normally would use for a break like the one I currently am using.

This left me to take care of it myself, and when I am left to my own devices things can become expensive.

With this in mind I grab a pair of channel locks,  (it is strange that a single tool can be referred to as a pair), and twisted on the break until it broke loose. With this work done I remounted the SWFA 10x, and proceed to make some new loads using a different bullet.

I decided to try the 168 grain Hornady hollow point boat tail match, this is a round that I have had a lot of successes with, and the fact that it is the only other .308 bullet that I currently have in inventory also played a major role in this decision.

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With the break removed the 175 grain Nosler load still did not perform. The first two rounds were used to adjust the scope, with the third round landing two inches below the bullseye I left the adjustment alone for the next two shots in an effort to create a decent group.

That turned out to be a failure.

Load number 42, and 43 both were made with IMR 4350, wear as load number 44 used Reloader 22. All three have shown great potential, and will  be continued to be tested.

First was load 44, that produced a sub 1 inch group with a flier about two inches above the est of the group. I will take the blame for this as I was already becoming a little twitchy because of the recoil.

Load 42, after a scope adjustment, had two shots touching, with shot three, and four producing a one hole group, then a low left flyer.

For the final five shots, four rounds produced two separate two round groups, that were slightly larger than an inch, with the fifth round also producing a low left flyer.

By the end of this round of testing I was done for the day, and went to the handgun range, to enjoy a revolver I don’t spend enough time shooting.

Conclusions.

The 175 grain Nosler Custom Competition seem not to work well for me,  lucky I only have about 3,200 left.

A muzzle break will be needed no matter what. I will most likely go with a model that ports the gasses to the sides allowing the rifle to move in a more level straight line.

I need to work with my Model 27 a little bit more.

01/12/2017

 

 

 

 

New Toys

07/31/2016

 I arrived home Saturday Night and sitting on the dining room table was a couple of boxes that I have been expecting for a while, and quite happy to finally have received.

 The first was a bag of 500 .308 caliber 175 grain bullets manufactured by Nosler ammunition company. They are part of the Nosler Custom Competition line of components and used in the company’s match grade cartridges, and sold with the normal ”Match Grade” price tag.

 Being that they are .308 diameter the number of different cartridges that can utilize these bullets is quite numerous. One of my goals is to have 10,000 put away for my retirement. Also in case that another run on ammunition, and components occur I will at lest have some items put back.

  This particular lot will be segregated for load development, and normal use. 

 

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Bucket O’ Bullets

 The second item was a 25 round box of of Nosler Brass in of course 300 RUM. These will also be put to the side for later use. 

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 The most important item is the reloading dies. Now I can start my load development which if I do my part, and if the rifle is mechanically capable I will be starting on my next leg of my journey for 1,500 yard hits.

 More to come shortly.

Ohio

Well the wife and I recently returned from visiting family, and friends in the kind of great state of Ohio. It would be much better if the dummies had not elected the bag of dog shit John Kasich Governor. But that is a rant for someplace else.

One of the things I wanted done was to have the muzzle of the rifle threaded for a muzzle break, and maybe at some point a silencer. 

 I had Dana Brownfield of D&D Shooting Supplies do the needed metal work. Though at this time the break has not been installed. The particular break that we decided would work best had to be ordered, and I decided to have Dana apply a light sand blasted finish to  give it a flat appearance. This will help with not spooking any game if at some point I decide to use this rifle for hunting.

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 Because I now live about 900 miles from the Dana’s shop he will be shipping it to me. This should not cause any issues as the break that we chose to use has port holes milled 360 degrees around its surface, this will eliminate any timing issues.  

 Had I gone with a break that exhaust to the side, having the port lined up perfectly would be very important. Because the ports are 360 degrees there will be no correct position thus eliminating any negative pull off during recoil that could occur with a break that was timed incorrectly.

 The disadvantage to this system is that the muzzle blast will kick up dirt, and stone throwing this debris into my face.

 Don’t worry ladies nothing in this world could ever harm my most lovely appearance.

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 I also purchased a set of low profile scope rings, a new set of sling swivels, a set of reloading dies, and some virgin brass for load development.

 The new mounts should go a long way in providing me with a much better cheek weld. Something I have been whining about since I started this project.

 Much more to come soon.

 07/26/2016 One Stop Travel Plaza Newburg, Maryland. 

Just sitting waiting for the repair truck to come and fix the problem that was supposed to have been fixed last week.

First Shot’s.

De Pain.            De Pain.

After getting everything put together and ready to go I hit the range. The first chore was to get the scope adjusted. I set up at the 25 yard position and fired a total of 3 rounds. The impact point was center target, but about 4 inches high. 

 This normally would not be an issue with most .308 Winchester loads as the impact point on the paper targets I normally use would still be in the black center of the scoring rings. Not so using  a round that is moving at about 800-900 fps faster. 

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27”x 27” target.

 After firing 2 rounds I was not able to find the impact holes. So I moved down to the bottom sticky target dot. The point of impact was 19 inches high.Meaning the first shots were traveling over top of the target.  The reason for this was both the canted 20 MOA Weaver scope mount base, and the height of the scope rings, causing the impact point to be so high.

 This was a simple fix with the adjustment of the scope bringing the impacts into the center right portion of the target.

 Fatigue, heat, and the recoil from shooting a hard hitting caliber from the bench became an issue. So much so that after a couple of hours, and 20 rounds I was done. But not until my last two shots were all but touching, and inside of the 2 inch sticky target.

 More to come.